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Top 10 films shot in South Africa

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South Africa in the movies

From Avengers: The Age of Ultron to Invictus to The Last House on the Left, South Africa and cinema often go hand in hand.

Avengers: The Age of Ultron

In the midst of losing control of all his resources, Bruce Banner’s alter ego (Mark Ruffalo), the Hulk, destroys everything in his path, including Johannesburg’s business district. Although this scene only appears late in the film, it is the first images captured by the cameras of Joss Whedon’s team.

Black Panther

Argentina, the United States, South Korea or South Africa, all places in the world are good to symbolize Wakanda and the adventures of the famous Black Panther. In South Africa, the Golden Gate Highlands National Park has been widely used for outdoor scenes, whether for aerial or battle shots.

Blood Diamond

Shot all over Africa, the film about the famous “conflict diamonds” takes the viewer to Mozambique and South Africa. Among the places in this country, Cape Town, the V&A Waterfront and Port Edward were used, one for a heart-rending appeal from Leonardo Di Caprio to Jennifer Connelly, the other for the scene in which Di Caprio and Djimon Hounsou flee the RUF insurgents.

A feature film that is both sporting and political, evoking the wish of newly elected President Nelson Mandela to take advantage of the 1995 Rugby World Cup to create a sense of national unity, was a risky and controversial gamble. The story of a great man deserved equally spectacular scenery. Cape Town, Robben Island and Johannesburg are some of these locations.

Malcolm X

The film’s epilogue was shot at the Phakamani Combined School in Soweto, where Nelson Mandela, in person on screen, gives a memorable speech. Alexandra, a suburb of Johannesburg that welcomed Nelson Mandela in 1941, was also filmed during the shooting.

Tomb Raider

Hong Kong, South Africa? Tomb Raider did it! When Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) visits the Chinese city, she is actually in South Africa, more precisely in Hout Bay, near Cape Town. Likewise, the Japanese island Yamatai does not exist, it is about landscapes filmed in the Western Cape.

Last house on the left

Remake of the 1972 film, the 2009 feature film, produced by the director of the original film, installs its cameras in South Africa and more precisely in Cape Town to recreate the horror atmosphere of this cult masterpiece.

The Kissing Booth

A romantic film released in 2018 on Netflix, The Kissing Booth is partly filmed in Los Angeles, the city where the action is supposed to take place, but also largely in South Africa. Cape Town, including its university, is the setting for this feature film.

Mandela: A long way to freedom

Although most of the film sets have been reconstructed, director Justin Chadwick wanted to show various historical places that were important in the history of Nelson Mandela, such as the Transkei Hills, his cell on Robben Island and the Pretoria Courthouse, the site of the trial of the future president of South Africa. Historic places to visit absolutely.

Resident Evil: Final Chapter

Inspired in part by Capcom’s Resident Evil video games, the last of the six films in the saga was partly shot in South Africa. Cape Town, the Hartbeespoort Dam or Ponte City are three of the places used in the country for this famous event.

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By Anthony Thibault

Monday, July 15, 2019

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